Birthstones by Zodiac Signs – Birthstone Chart

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Birthstones by zodiac signs are more than fashion or symbols of your astrological signs. These stones are believed to enhance each zodiac’s sun sign’s energy vibration, which can elevate the wearer’s mood.

As such, zodiac birthstones are considered charms or lucky stones that influence your sun’s strength, giving you the energy to feel more vibrant, refreshed, and alive.

Zodiac signs are the 12 in number and represent the total division of the astrological year. The division is slightly different from the 12 months of the year, and as such, some people may find their zodiac birthstone slightly different from their birth month’s recommended stone.

Many experts recommend that a user can use up to two or more stones to help with mood influences and energize your motivational spirit to live a more fulfilled life. Follow this brief guide to find the birthstone for your zodiac sign, and the recommended alternative stone for your birth month.

Birthstones for each zodiac sign

Aries

Month/Date: March 21 – April 19

Birthstone: Diamond

Alternative: Emerald or bloodstone

Aries is dynamic and energic people. They are quite proactive, and the stone for this zodiac sign provides the needed stabilizing force for their vigorous lifestyle.

Taurus

Month/Date: April 20 – May 20

Birthstone: Emerald

Alternative: Rhodonite or Rose Quartz

Taurus are known to be clever and very hardworking people. These people are grounded in the material world, and Venus, the goddess of love, rules the sign. The choice stones infuse emotional wellbeing to help protect the heart of Taurus and, at the same time, provide luck and abundance of material wealth.

Gemini

Month/Date: May 21 – June 20

Birthstone: Pearl

Alternative: Sapphire or Agate

The ancients regarded pearls as a sacred stone because it represented nature’s duality – death, and life. It represents death just as much as it shows the beauty of life. This stone is the choice stone for Gemini because of their often jovial, friendly, and articulate nature.

Cancer

Month/Date: June 21 – July 22

Birthstone: Moonstone

Alternative: Emerald, Ruby

Cancers are gentle and caring people. They are extremely sensitive to the plight of those around them and care deeply for them. Moonstone is the choice birthstone for security because it reflects the ever gentle yet conquering rays of the moon and helps to protect them.

Leo

Month/Date: July 23 – August 22

Birthstone: Black Onyx

Alternative: Peridot or Ruby

People born under the Leo sign are the strongest willed and have the fiercest personality. The astrological stone for this birth sign helps to keep their mighty strength in check.

Virgo

Month/Date: August 23 – September 22

Birthstone: Carnelian

Alternative: Amazonite, Citrine, or Zircon

People born under the Virgo sign tends to be very analytical, smart, and pay attention to details. Their choice of birthstone helps with both emotional and spiritual strength to cope with the enormity of their ever roaming mind.

Libra

Month/Date: September 23 – October 22

Birthstone: Peridot

Alternative: Pink Tourmaline, Bloodstone or Sapphire

Libra are intellectuals and peace-loving people. Their mission in life is to create love and harmony. Peridot, which is their choice birthstone, helps to reflect the sun’s light’s beams to light their way and life.

Scorpio

Month/Date: October 23 – November 21

Birthstone: Apache Tears

Alternative: Turquoise, Malachite or Ruby

Scorpios are psychic people and are deeply intense; they tend to absorb energy from their surroundings. The choice of birthstone helps to absorb negative energy and leave only the positive for Scorpios to absorb.

Sagittarius

Month/Date: November 22 – December 22

Birthstone: Turquoise

Alternative: Lapis Lazuli, Blue Topaz, or Amethyst

People born under the Sagittarius signs are often very spiritual and can easily gravitate to the next level regarding the spiritual realms. Turquoise helps provide the necessary mental and spiritual clarity needed by the people born under this sign to explore the unknown.

Capricorn

Month/Date: December 23 – January 19

Birthstone: Garnet

Alternative: Agate, Garnet

Capricorns are often regarded as cold and standoffish people. This can make people stay away from them. Their choice of birthstone helps with depression and corrupt thoughts.

Aquarius

Month/Date: January 20 – February 18

Birthstone: Amethyst

Alternative: Garnet

The air sign represents Aquarius, and this shows their often fluid-like nature. They can easily become complacent when engaged in activities they are not interested in. Their birthstone provides the necessary stabilizing force to keep their minds motivated and focused since they tend to come up with ideas quicker than they can execute.

Pisces

Month/Date: February 19 – March 20

Birthstone: Aquamarine

Alternative: Amethyst

Pisces tend to be overly sensitive and often have trouble communicating their feelings to other people. Their birthstone includes the Aquamarine, which is well-known for its incredible ability to ease anxiety and boost self-confidence.

While there are many different belief systems in choosing a birthstone, having one which you feel connected with is the most important aspect of choosing a birthstone. You might want to keep an open mind when shopping for your birthstone because it is only when you feel a deeper connection with your stone that it can help protect and heal you both mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Spells and Magic Part 2: Wicca and the Wiccan Rule

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Since its inception in the mid 20th century, the religion of Wicca has continued to witness increasing acceptance from people all over the globe.

Wicca is unlike most religion. It has no higher authority, prophet, leader or even a bible to guide its followers. Instead, individuals are free to choose how they follow this religion and grow themselves as they deem fit.

This freedom and ability to chose what to believe and act on may strange to most people, but in every essence, it is the strength of the Wicca religion and one of the profound qualities of the faith.

Wicca is a complex religion that most people often associate with witchcraft, paganism and the devil. This usually is not far from the truth but not in the way most people seem to understand it. For a Wiccan, religion is about bending or redirecting spiritual forces in nature to affect the world and their lives.

A Wiccan belief that the world we see and all of its elements – rocks, trees, crystals, rivers etc. all have special forces in them which can be channelled and controlled to affect our lives in extraordinary ways. To most Wiccans, there isn’t anything magical about magic – it is just another toolset in a Wiccan’s arsenal.

Since the Wiccan religion deals with believers attuning themselves to the natural rhythm of life forces within the natural elements, it makes perfect sense to have minimal rules or orders to guide the process – after all, we are all different, and our experiences and ability to channel these natural forces will differ significantly.

This, of course, does not mean that there are no rules in the Wiccan religion. There are two core rules a Wiccan should adhere to when they are practising their crafts: The Wiccan Rede and Rule of Three.

Wiccan Rede

The Wiccan Rede is a part of 26-line poetry that outlines how a Wicca should behave. It is one of the most critical moral compasses for practising Wiccans and helps to ensure they do only that which is good not only to them but to others as well.

The Wiccan rede reads “An it harms none, do what ye will”. This can be translated to means that whatever energy you will be channelling or whatever sacrifice or spell you will be casting, if it does not harm anyone, then you are free to do it. If the magic, on the other hand, is contrary to the law, then the rule of three will apply.

The Rule of Three

The rule of three is one of the most popular law in the Wiccan community. This law is also known as Three-fold Law or Law of Return. It states that whatever energy a Wiccan puts out whether good or bad will return to the Wiccan in three-fold. This means that whatever a person does, whether physically or spiritually, there will be a return three times the initial result of the action. This is often called karma – though a good comparison but the rule of three is quite different from the concept of karma – it manifests in this present life.

There are many other rules which are generally accepted by Wiccans all over the world, such as personal responsibility for every action, belief in ancestry, belief in the afterlife, special holidays and so many others. These laws, however, are not as widely accepted and adhered to as much as the rule of three and the Wicca rede.